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Teen Adu shows off his talent in loss

By wire services
Published May 20, 2004

WASHINGTON - Freddy Adu scored his first highlight-reel goal, capping a 30-yard run with a 16-yard shot into the upper right corner of the net Wednesday night in D.C. United's 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy.

It was the 14-year-old's second goal this season but the first to display the full nature of his talent. Taking a pass from Earnie Stewart on the right flank, Adu curled wide and crossed left into the penalty area, using his speed to create space from defenders and set up his left-footed drive past Kevin Hartman in the 67th minute.

Alejandro Moreno scored three goals in an eight-minute span for Los Angeles, the second-fastest hat trick in MLS history.

U.S. TEAM: Claudio Reyna was among 18 players picked for the Americans' exhibition game against Honduras on June 2, when he could make his 100th international appearance. Reyna would be the seventh to make 100 appearances for the U.S. team.

UEFA CUP: Spanish champion Valencia won the title, scoring a 2-0 win over Olympique Marseille in Goteborg, Sweden.

BOXING: Iron Mike might fight next in St. Louis

Mike Tyson has been granted a license to fight in Missouri in case promoters decide to take his next bout to St. Louis. Tyson got a license from Missouri's regulatory Office of Athletics. No date has been set, but the former heavyweight champion's manager is trying to arrange a fight July 31 against Kevin McBride. Tyson's handlers are shopping the fight to several venues, including Louisville, Ky. The fight would be Tyson's first since Feb. 22, 2003, when he knocked out Clifford Etienne in Memphis, Tenn.

CYCLING: Armstrong begins tuneup

Lance Armstrong finished 67th in the first stage of the Languedoc-Roussillon in Port-Vendres, France, in a tuneup for the five-time Tour de France champion. Armstrong took few risks in a stage featuring a tricky finish with roundabouts and tight turns. The Texan is using this five-day race to prepare for a shot at a record sixth straight title in the Tour de France, which begins July 3. Armstrong was 10 seconds behind Thor Hushovd. GIRO d'ITALIA: Alessandro Petacchi won the 10th stage into Ascoli Piceno in a sprint, capturing his fifth leg in the race. Damiano Cunego kept the overall lead, finishing in the main group. He holds a 10-second lead over defending champion Gilberto Simoni.

DOG RACING: Cocaine in dogs may spur Florida investigation

National group GREY2K USA and the Humane Society are asking Florida attorney general Charlie Crist to investigate cocaine use at dog tracks. The request follows a report this month that pointed to positive tests for cocaine in more than 100 dogs over a three-year period at Florida dog tracks.

OLYMPICS: Greece field hockey gets no freebie into Games

Greece's appeal to receive an automatic berth for men's field hockey at the Athens Games was rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Hellenic Hockey Association challenged the International Hockey Federation's qualification system on Feb. 17, saying Greece deserved a spot as host nation.

TENNIS: U.S. ousted in World Team

The United States was eliminated at the World Team Cup, losing both singles matches in a 2-1 defeat to Argentina in Duesseldorf, Germany. Juan Ignacio Chela beat Vincent Spadea 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, and Mariano Zabaleta topped Robby Ginepri 6-7 (7-5), 6-3, 7-5.

STRASBOURG OPEN: Top-seeded Lindsay Davenport reached the quarterfinals, beating Marion Bartoli 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 in Strasbourg, France. Davenport, who won this year at Tokyo and Amelia Island, next plays Katarina Srebotnik, who routed Julia Vakulenko 6-0, 6-0.

RAIFFEISEN GRAND PRIX: Nenad Zimonjic, who upset Andre Agassi, lost to Victor Hanescu 6-2, 6-3 in St. Poelten, Austria.

VIENNA GRAND PRIX: Top-seeded Chanda Rubin lost in the first round in Austria, beaten in her return from a knee injury by Alina Jidkova 6-7 (2), 7-6 (3), 4-6. DAVIS CUP: Denmark filed an appeal to a ruling that kicked the country out of the Davis Cup until 2005 after it refused to play a first-round match in Algeria because of security concerns.

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